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January 16, 2015: Republicans Move Up Convention, the Radical Way the Oscars Should Change, Measels Outbreak Starts at Disneyland

1. REPUBLICANS MOVE UP CONVENTION: The Republican National Committee will hold its presidential nomination convention in July, a month earlier than its 2012 convention and two months earlier than in 2008. Next year’s event will be held in Cleveland. The New York Times: “The change will give the party’s nominee more time to use general election money and ‘a strong advantage heading into Election Day,’ Reince Priebus, chairman of the committee, said in a statement.”

2. THE RADICAL WAY THE OSCARS SHOULD CHANGE: The process is flawed for choosing the bests picture nominees at the Academy Awards and could use a radical overhaul, argues a columnist at the blog Vulture. One solution—using a seeded nomination process based on when a film is released—could help by reengaging the audience. New York: “There are simply too many early indicators for the Oscars to be a real surprise. Ironically, part of the reason the Academy keeps tinkering with its voting rules and shuttling its telecast all over the calendar is because the explosion of pre-Oscar awards—critics circles, various guilds, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and so on—has drained all the mystery from the Oscars itself. … As a result, the final envelope-ripping in the final minutes of the thank-heavens-it's-finally-over four-hour Oscar telecast, coming after months of campaigning and weeks of awarding, doesn’t feel, as it should, like the shocking climax to a thrilling, nail-biting tournament of excellence. It feels like an obligatory announcement and merciful pardon after a months-long forced march along an infinite red carpet.”

3. MEASLES OUTBREAK STARTS AT DISNEYLAND: The worst outbreak of measles in California in 15 years started last month at Disneyland, pointing to the risks of unvaccinated visitors. Los Angeles Times: “Disneyland was filled with holiday tourists from around the world the week before Christmas when someone with measles spread the disease. With its packed walkways, long lines and enclosed spaces, the theme park offered prime conditions for measles to spread and travel as visitors returned home. Since then, at least 26 patients have been identified in California, Utah, Colorado and Washington state, and there are probably more out there.”


AUSTIN:  ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast five episodes at the Long Center for the Performing Arts during South by Southwest.

BOSTON:  In 2015, events and meetings in Boston are expected to generate $610 million in economic impact and bring some 900,000 visitors to the city. Exhibitor Online:

CHICAGO:  The Junior League of Chicago will host its “Night on the Red Carpet” gala on February 28 at Museum of Broadcast Communications. The night will offer cocktails, food stations, and dancing.

LAS VEGAS:  The International Council of Shopping Centers will keep its annual trade show RECon in Las Vegas for another two years with the option for a three-year extension. The event draws more than 34,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors unanimously elected board officers during the January meeting. Clark County commissioner Lawrence Weekly was named chairman, making him the first African-American to serve as in the role.

LOS ANGELES:  Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen will co-host the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on February 21.

The Actor statuettes, which honorees will receive at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild awards on January 25, have been cast in solid bronze at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Filmgate Interactive, a transmedia conference, returns to Miami for its third year February 1-8. The festival showcases various types of interactive storytelling.

NEW YORK:  Paige Hospitality Group will open the Chester Midtown, an offshoot of its meatpacking district restaurant, on January 29. Josh Held Design and Cycle A Architecture are designing the three-level space, which will include rooftop seating. For private events, the main floor will have a private room for 150 people and the lower-level Cellar room will hold 125 people.

Patrick Garrigan has been named director of business development at AtlanticLive and will work on events including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Spotlight Health, and New York Ideas.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Fog Design & Art, a contemporary art fair, takes place at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion today through Sunday.

TORONTO:  Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 26. Organizers expect some 1,300 guests, and Mark Wiseman of Pension Plan Investment Board will deliver the keynote address.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  To preview its future brick-and-mortar home, the food truck Timber Pizza Company will host a five-course dinner January 30 at the Dolcezza Gelato factory. There will be two seatings and the meal will including beer pairings from DC Brau.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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